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Lawmakers propose bill to protect domestic worker rights


February 5, 2020

A measure designed to protect the health, safety, and overall well-being of domestic workers in Washington state has been sponsored by Democratic senators at the request of Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

If passed, SB 6247 would guarantee that domestic workers be paid at least minimum wage, which is $13.50 per hour according to the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. Workers must also receive meal and rest breaks, and overtime pay, if applicable.

A written agreement between employees and employers would also be required, as well as a two-week termination notice, extended to four-weeks for live-in employees, or severance pay, according to the bill.


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